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Coalition to Repeal Right-to-Work: Fri, January 29, 7pm – 9pm
Coalition seeking to reverse income inequality by empowering workers to organize and join unions.
Missed yesterday's Your Rights At Work radio show? Catch the podcast here: Why “Work Won’t Love You Back”; Sarah Jaffe on her new book; AFGE’s Richard Loeb on President Biden revoking Trump’s Executive Orders targeting federal workers’ rights; Sophia Miyoshi, Restaurant Opportunities Center-DC Lead Organizer, on the upcoming webinar on Your Rights At Work In A Pandemic.
Earlier this month, the Catholic Labor Network supported janitors in Northern Virginia fighting to get their jobs back. While SEIU Local 32BJ represents more than 90% of commercial building janitors in markets such as Boston, New York, and Washington, DC, much of the workforce in adjoining suburbs such as Northern Virginia remains unorganized, where union contractors face heavy pressure from low-wage nonunion competitors. That’s exactly what happened at an office building on Old Gallows Road in Vienna, Virginia recently when nonunion contractor K&S – which has a history of labor problems -- took over the cleaning contract from a union firm and immediately fired the existing cleaning staff. During a rally in early January, union members demanded that K&S reinstate the fired workers and join the union’s master contract. After picketing the building, activists went to the K&S offices to deliver a petition but were blocked from meeting with management. The local plans to continue pressing the company to improve the treatment of their employees.
- Adapted from a report on The Catholic Labor Network website
With the pandemic continuing to rage across the country and around the world, the Metro Washington Council’s Evening with Labor has been rescheduled for Friday, November 12. “We had very much hoped to be able to gather in solidarity and celebration in April,” said EWL Chair George Farenthold. “We have a great deal of confidence in the Biden/Harris administration’s plans to vaccinate millions of Americans in the next few months, but we want to be absolutely sure that such a large gathering will be safe for us all, so we’ll look forward to seeing everyone in November.”
Unionized workers on #Guatemala banana plantations earn more, work fewer hours, face less sexual harassment and have safer workplaces, according to a new Solidarity Center report. Working conditions are very similar to modern slavery at the two-thirds of Guatemalan banana plantations not unionized, says César Humberto Guerra López, national secretary of labor and conflicts for SITRABI (Union of Banana Workers of Izabal). Some 39 percent of all bananas sold in the United States are produced in Guatemala. Find out more at Solidarity Center.